O/A Rank Top-10 QB's
1 Jameis Winston
2 Marcus Mariota
23 Brett Hundley
109 Shane Carden
132 Bryce Petty
196 Sean Mannion
207 Cody Fajardo
227 Garrett Grayson
271 Bo Wallace
286 Brandon Bridge
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NFL 2015 Mock Draft Round 1
Selections 1-16

January 22, 2015
2015 Mock Draft #11 (7 Rounds)

The Senior Bowl takes center stage here in the week before the Super Bowl. A couple of Drafttek.com analysts are on the ground at Mobile; word is we can expect some Big Board movement over the next few weeks as Senior Bowl performances are factored in.

Who will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select with the #1 over all pick at the 2015 NFL Draft?? Despite dropping the National Championship game versus Ohio State, Marcus Mariota has the shine and sizzle, along with the Heisman trophy. But Mariota has never taken snaps under at Oregon; as such he is not perceived as NFL ready. Jameis Winston on the other hand looks every bit the part of an NFL Quarterback, but he's shown poor judgement off the field in a number of troubling incidents. Whereas players at other positions can get away with personality/character flaws, rarely will QBs overcome a pattern of bad behavior to find success in the NFL.

1 Tampa Bay
Marcus Mariota
    Oregon
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
211
Alternate Pick #1
Jameis Winston
Alternate Pick #2
Randy Gregory
Is the tide turning to Jameis Winston for the Bucs?? Mel Kiper seems to think so, as does PewterReport.com. I'm not buying it. True, Winston is the most polished of the two candidates for the Bucs' #1 pick. At FSU, Winston went 26-1; losing only to Mariota's Oregon Ducks. In Winston's Heisman winning 2013 frame, 40 TDs vs only 10 picks provided sufficient eye candy. But his numbers were just pedestrian in 2014: 25 TD vs 18 INT. His passer rating ranked 27th in the nation, sandwiched between Taylor Kelly and Gary Nova. Mariota OTOH was #1 nationally in both TDs and passer rating. Next look at character. Winston has been involved in several instances of questionable behavior. Now take that same guy, and add $22 million dollars. Maybe I'm not seeing the light, but I'd veer toward Mariota or Leonard Williams before Winston.
2 Tennessee
Jameis Winston
    Florida St
    QB
    Reach/Value:     -4
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
228
Alternate Pick #1
Amari Cooper
Alternate Pick #2
Vic Beasley
It's still early in the off-season process, so it's tough to see if Tennessee believes Zach Mettenberger is the quarterback of the future, or if the team will look in another direction, especially since they are sitting in the top two picks, guaranteeing either Mariota or Winston. Winston has impressed everyone on the field since he completed his first 11 career passes and tore apart the Pittsburgh defense. He has good pocket presence, a strong arm, and most important, the ability to lead receivers and "throw them open." The NFL will not give great passing lanes, but Winston has shown he can complete passes in tight spaces. It's a hard skillset to pass on, and if he can do well in interviews, Winston's "character concerns" will be an afterthought.
3 Jacksonville
Leonard Williams
    USC
    DE43
    Reach/Value:     +1
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
290
Alternate Pick #1
Randy Gregory
Alternate Pick #2
Shane Ray
There's a lot to be sorted out before April 30th. In this scenario, Leonard Williams represents the best player available and he was one of the most dominant players in college football. Williams has the versatility to play anywhere along the D-Line and would serve as a significant upgrade to an already-good front four. GM Dave Caldwell has done an admirable job rebuilding the defense. They finished with 45 sacks, which netted them Top 10 results. However they still lack that player that must be accounted for. Incumbent starter Red Bryant will be 31 when the season starts and Sen'Derrick Marks is recovering from an ACL, which in turn makes this a need meets value selection.
4 Oakland
Amari Cooper
    Alabama
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
205
Alternate Pick #1
Randy Gregory
Alternate Pick #2
Shane Ray
Strike One- Oakland hires a defensive-minded coach. Strike Two- new Offensive Coordinator has a reputation for focusing on ground game and is on record being impressed with Latavius Murray. Still, there is no "strike three", leading me to remove Amari Cooper from the top of the Raiders' board. In 14 games, the highly-productive Alabama receiver was just one yard shy (1,727) of half of what the entire Raiders' receiving corps achieved in 16 games (3,456). The kind of player that would immediately be the franchise's best at the position, Cooper is certainly appealing, but is that the route the team will go? While I'd give the edge to the elite pass-catcher, Randy Gregory and Leonard Williams will both be under HEAVY consideration should one or both be available here.
5 Washington
Randy Gregory
    Nebraska
    OLB34
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
255
Alternate Pick #1
Vic Beasley
Alternate Pick #2
Dante Fowler Jr
The Redskins have hired former Chargers LB coach Joe Barry as their new Defensive Coordinator. As John Keim of ESPN has reported, the first pick for Washington is likely going to be Barry's new toy. Do not underestimate the fact that our new DC has had success with linebackers in pass-rush with far less talent than Randy Gregory. Gregory has been compared to Aldon Smith in scouting circles, though he needs to gain weight and become stronger at the point of attack against the run. At 6'6" and only 245 lbs, Gregory has the frame to add upwards of thirty pounds and still remain effective as an outside linebacker. This is where comparisons to Julius Peppers are also valid. With Gregory, the Redskins would have two consistent OLBs to attack opposing quarterbacks, something they have lacked since switching to the 3-4 defense.
6 NY Jets
Vic Beasley
    Clemson
    OLB34
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
235
Alternate Pick #1
Dante Fowler Jr
Alternate Pick #2
Shane Ray
The wait is over; the Jets have a new GM and HC. Some fans may be a little disappointed that, after 6 years of Rex Ryan, new HC Todd Bowles is another defensive guy. They may also be a little disappointed that this pick is another defensive player but there is plenty of offensive talent taken with the rest of our picks in this CMD. The Jets have lacked a talented pass-rushing OLB for a while now. Coples has had some limited success (6.5 sacks this year), but one suspects that OLB isn't his best position. With Rex gone, the time is right to send Old Man Pace out to pasture. Vic Beasley had 12 sacks this year to add to the 13 sacks he got last season. I think Bowles could get the best out of the top-ranked OLB on our Big Board.
~Rich Tinley, Jets Analyst
7 Chicago
Landon Collins
    Alabama
    SS
    Reach/Value:     -3
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
215
Alternate Pick #1
Brandon Scherff
Alternate Pick #2
Trae Waynes
SF 49ers Def '07-10: 15th in PPG, 26th in TO, 23rd in Pass YPG. 2011, enter Vic Fangio. 49ers Def '11-'14: 2nd in PPG, 4th in TO, 6th in Pass YPG. Vic Fangio knows defense. And the good news for Bears fans is that he will try and work the same magic with a unit that has spent the last two years playing defense in a manner unbecoming of the Chicago Bears of yore. The question now is whether or not Fox and Fangio will turn to the more familiar 3-4 after a decade of 4-man fronts in Chicago. Regardless, Collins is the kind of uber-talent who will excel in either scheme. A natural SS, he is a physical run defender who will cover the mistakes the young LBs are prone to make. Additionally, he uses that same physicality to separate the ball from receivers. The Bears would be wise to build the secondary around him and CB K Fuller.
8 Atlanta
Shane Ray
    Missouri
    DE43
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
245
Alternate Pick #1
Dante Fowler Jr
Alternate Pick #2
Benardrick McKinney
With Dan Quinn reportedly on his way to Atlanta to become head coach (after a layover in Arizona), his first job will be to fix the woeful Atlanta pass rush. Whether he prefers an odd or even front, Quinn will likely rush to the podium if he can get Shane Ray (*pun sadly intended). After giving up 4,478 passing yards and only registering 22 sacks - five of those coming in one game against the Saints - the Falcons will need a young edge player like Ray to pressure the QB. After playing behind Kony Ealy and Michael Sam, Ray registered 14.5 sacks this season and possesses an elite, explosive first step. While the Falcons defense needs more than one player - or one new coach - to improve, Ray is huge and quick first step in that direction. ~Greg Hawes, Falcons Analyst



9 NY Giants
Brandon Scherff
    Iowa
    ROT
    Reach/Value:     +6
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
315
Alternate Pick #1
Gerod Holliman
Alternate Pick #2
Shaq Thompson
The Giants are going to be looking to improve their offensive line during the upcoming off-season. Giants' beat writer Connor Orr tweeted out today from the Senior Bowl that the Giants are looking to add more than one Offensive lineman, and Mike Francesa, Tom Coughlin, John Mara, and Jerry Reese have all specifically mentioned upgrading the offensive line as a priority (check under Wednesday, January 14th). From these interviews we also learned that the Giants would be amenable to moving Justin Pugh to guard if they could upgrade right tackle, where Pugh was uneven in 2014. In this particular mock, the Giants have first choice of offensive linemen and they go with a bully, and #1 ranked Draftek offensive lineman, Brandon Scherff, who is versatile and tough. One more fix for the Giants' ineffective run game.
10 St Louis
Benardrick McKinney
    Mississippi St.
    ILB
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
245
Alternate Pick #1
Andrus Peat
Alternate Pick #2
DeVante Parker
The Rams only won six games last year, but they sport an enigmatic defense that was able to rise to the occasion and defeat some of the NFL's best, namely Denver and Seattle. The D is chock-full of first-round picks: Aaron Donald, Alec Ogletree, Michael Brockers, Chris Long and Robert Quinn. There's also big-money (and former 2009 RD2 pick) James Laurinaitis. But where the DL excels, the LB corps has underperformed. JoLonn Dunbar, Ogletree, and Laurinaitis all sport negative ratings on ProFootballFocus.com. A little competition from first-team All-America Bernardrick McKinney might spur the incumbent trio to step up their game. Here's a nice scouting report of the Bulldog thumper.
11 Minnesota
DeVante Parker
    Louisville
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
209
Alternate Pick #1
Melvin Gordon
Alternate Pick #2
Trae Waynes
Rick Spielman let us know this week that there is "No gray area" on personnel needs this offseason, adding that the Front Office and Coaching Staff are on the same page in that regard. This is somewhat refreshing news, but would he ever say, "We're all over the map. No one knows what this team needs"? Obviously not. One has to assume that Wide Receiver should be near the top of the list of the eight priority positions he mentioned. Senior WRs Kevin White and DeVante Parker both figure to be there at #11, and both would be excellent choices, but our Big Board has Parker ranked slightly higher. Take a look at this detailed scouting profile to get an idea of what Parker brings to the table. Of course, the fact that he was one of Teddy's favorite targets at Louisville should only help both players early on in their NFL careers.
12 Cleveland
Kevin White
    West Virginia
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -7
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
209
Alternate Pick #1
Dante Fowler Jr
Alternate Pick #2
Trae Waynes
Lots of tantalizing options for the Browns here, and a splashy Free Agency period will impact the selection here. That said, this is another vintage WR draft class, especially when a talent like White is the 3rd WR off the board at this position. Watching the Mountaineers' game films, I was impressed with the great adjustments he made on balls, his ability to win contested balls, and his blazing speed. I suspect that he will run a sub-4.4 forty at the Combine and dazzle in drills. According to cfbstats.com, White posted 1,447 yards on 109 grabs and 10 TDs. Here's some eye candy.

~Mike Sudds, Browns Analyst
13 New Orleans
Andrus Peat
    Stanford
    LOT
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
312
Alternate Pick #1
Dante Fowler Jr
Alternate Pick #2
T.J. Clemmings
Some that follow the Saints think the 2015 NFL Draft is when New Orleans will select a QB that can be groomed to start when Drew Brees decides to call it a career. It's possible, but very unlikely in Round One. Although many cite the decline of Brees in recent years, he's actually not that far off from where he was prior to "Bounty Gate". Much of the offensive fall-off can be attributed to poor defensive play and a rather leaky OLine. Enter Andrus Peat, who the Saints can install as the young, upgraded LOT for Drew Brees - or the young gun that eventually takes the spot of #9 .
14 Miami
Devin Funchess
    Michigan
    TE
    Reach/Value:     -9
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
235
Alternate Pick #1
Trae Waynes
Alternate Pick #2
Eddie Goldman
Listen up people: Ryan Tannehill is not the problem. He is "the man" in 2015, just like HC Philbin and DC Coyle. Deal with it. Glad we got that settled. Now, what's the best way to make this team better? Give your field general some more weapons! Starting TE Charles Clay could depart in Free Agency, with nearly every AFC North team supposedly interested. Funchess (our #1 TE, #4 WR) fits the mold of the athletic tweener TEs that have infected the pro football world over the last decade. While his in-line blocking will leave a lot to be desired (admittedly not Clay's best area either), Funchess would be a down-the-seam and Red Zone nightmare. With the possible departure of mercurial WR Mike Wallace as well, Tannehill may quickly become devoid of playmakers. ~Joe Mays, Dolphins Analyst
15 San Francisco
Trae Waynes
    Michigan St
    CB
    Reach/Value:     +4
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
185
Alternate Pick #1
Alex Carter
Alternate Pick #2
Dante Fowler Jr
In this simulation, 49ers GM Trent Baalke selects the consensus top CB of the draft in Michigan State's Trae Waynes. Waynes, a 6'1, 185 lb physical press corner who delivers a pop in run support (2014: 43 tkls), is a big game player (see 2014 Rose Bowl interception ), and was a top talent in a loaded Spartan defense. A 2014 semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award (Top College DB), Waynes's selection adds a premier talent to a defensive position where numerous low-level picks (RD4-6) and CFA's have yet to bear fruit. With both starting CBs (Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver) currently Free Agents, Waynes is a hedge against any loss of the aforementioned players or deterioration in their play, and would team with safeties Eric Reid and Antoine Bethea to solidify the defensive back four in 2015.
16 Houston
Danny Shelton
    Washington
    DT34
    Reach/Value:     -6
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
327
Alternate Pick #1
Gerod Holliman
Alternate Pick #2
Melvin Gordon
QB is a dire need, but there are too many roster holes to reach for a project QB in the 1st. Only one DT is under contract entering the 2015 season and that is the promising yet injured rookie, Louis Nix. The Texans fill their void with one of the best players in the draft and a BEAST of a man, Danny Shelton. Mr. Shelton is 6'1", 340lbs, agile, and produced unbelievable stats his senior season; 93 tackles, 16.5 TFL, 9 sacks, 5 fumble recoveries. Adding Danny Shelton to a front seven with JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney (Don't doubt his return!) will generate nightmares for opposing teams. Unfortunately for the Texans, he may end up being a top 10 selection by April 30. ~CME~ Texans' Analyst

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Cleveland gets Buffalo 1st round pick (Sammy Watkins)

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Big Board Rankings
O/A Rank Big 10 Conference
Top-40 Players
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5 Randy Gregory
Nebraska
DE43
6 Brandon Scherff
Iowa
ROT
20 Melvin Gordon
Wisconsin
RBF
29 Devin Funchess
Michigan
TE
45 Maxx Williams
Minnesota
TE
51 Carl Davis
Iowa
DE34
62 Devin Smith
Ohio State
WRF
65 Tony Lippett
Michigan State
WRF
75 Chi Chi Ariguzo
Northwestern
OLB43
78 Ameer Abdullah
Nebraska
RBC
88 Tevin Coleman
Indiana
RBF
90 Stefon Diggs
Maryland
WRF
101 Jake Ryan
Michigan
OLB43
112 David Cobb
Minnesota
RBF
130 Jesse James
Penn State
TE
136 Doran Grant
Ohio State
CB
140 Louis Trinca-Pasat
Iowa
DT43
141 Rob Havenstein
Wisconsin
ROT
145 Tyler Kroft
Rutgers
TE
159 Taiwan Jones
Michigan State
OLB43
162 Deion Barnes
Penn State
OLB34
177 Ibraheim Campbell
Northwestern
SS
188 Brandon Vitabile
Northwestern
OC
198 Keith Mumphery
Michigan State
WRF
199 Warren Herring
Wisconsin
DT43
215 Curtis Grant
Ohio State
ILB
232 Kenny Bell
Nebraska
WRF
233 Sam Ficken
Penn State
PK
246 Darius Kilgo
Maryland
DT43
262 Mike Hull
Penn State
OLB43
278 Cameron Botticelli
Minnesota
DE34
284 Devin Gardner
Michigan
WRF
296 Raheem Mostert
Purdue
RBC
321 Sam Arneson
Wisconsin
TE
322 Andrew Donnal
Iowa
LOT
329 Ryan Russell
Purdue
DE43
331 Zach Zwiniak
Penn State
FB
366 Corey Cooper
Nebraska
SS
391 Gabe Holmes
Purdue
TE
394 Will Hagerup
Michigan
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